Drivers Hit the Roads in December

Updated travel numbers show drivers have been behind the wheel more often than not as the number of miles driven increased in December 2018. All road and street travel improved by 0.7 percent, or 1.9 billion vehicle miles, compared to December 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers. December is usually a high traffic month due to the holidays.

Month-over-month miles driven increased by 1.1 percent (2.9 billion vehicle miles) compared to November 2018.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 268.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 0.4 percent, or 12.2 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 3,224.9 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all but one region saw an increase in its miles driven. The Northeast saw the most improvement, its percentage grew by 2.4 percent. The South-Gulf increased by 0.3 percent. The West saw an increase of 0.8 percent, and the North-Central region grew by a full percent. The South-Atlantic region saw a decrease in its miles driven by 0.4 percent.

Year-over-year figures in billions:

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
Northeast 37.6 2.4
South-Atlantic 56.3 -0.4
North-Central 60.1 1.0
South-Gulf 52.0 0.3
West 62.4 0.8
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